Courtesy: {The Lebanon Reporter/Indiana Capital Chronicle}

The day after the August 2017 total solar eclipse spanned the country, Ginger Murphy got a phone call. The Chicago-area caller wanted to reserve 40 rooms at a Hoosier state park lodge for an eclipse due to darken skies above Indiana nearly seven years later.

“I went, ‘Huh?’” said Murphy, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) deputy director for state parks. “At that point, we weren’t even thinking about it.”

But that’s changed.

State and local entities alike have since joined forces to pull out all the stops for an eclipse — featuring a staggering 4 minutes of totality — that could bring up to 600,000 people to Indiana.

States in the path of previous eclipses told Indiana officials they should expect the April 8 eclipse to be the “single largest tourist event to ever happen in the state,” said Amy Howell, the director of tourism, marketing and communications for the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC).

Hoosiers are hosting hundreds of events around the state to mark the astronomical phenomenon, per Howell.

And state park spots, hotels and short-term rentals are filling up.

“My advice is: so many events, a once-in-a-lifetime event. Pack your bags and come to Indiana!” Howell exclaimed.

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